Kathryn Thomas, who joined the Foundation in 2001, brings extensive expertise in print, broadcast and online media to her role in designing strategic communications to reverse the national epidemic of childhood obesity by 2015. Through her work, she ensures that RWJF and its grantees reach the public and policy-makers with consistent messages about preventing childhood obesity and improving access to affordable, healthy foods and increased physical activity for children at highest risk for obesity and related harms. Thomas views her role as “getting childhood obesity on the radar screen and ensuring that the health of our children is our nation’s top priority.”
As senior communications officer, Thomas led the effort to promote RWJF’s $500-million commitment toward reversing the childhood obesity epidemic, one of the biggest earned-media successes in the Foundation’s history.
Before joining the Foundation, she served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of Digital Ingenuity, Inc., a high-tech startup company in Philadelphia. Previously, she was coordinator of multimedia communications for the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Health System, where she helped to develop Penn’s consumer health care website. Prior to that, she served as a marketing specialist for Penn’s Cancer Center and Cancer Network.
Thomas received a master’s degree in journalism and a BA, summa cum laude, in radio, television and film from Temple University.
Born in the Garden State, she embraces the lifelong label of “Jersey Girl.” She resides in Haddonfield and enjoys reading, growing orchids, live music, and anything that gets her outside and moving.